Seminole Women’s Swim & Dive Earns Scholar All-American


By Christa Salerno

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – The Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America awarded the No. 25 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team with a Scholar All-America status on Tuesday.

As a team, the Seminoles posted an overall team GPA of 3.11 for the 2016 fall semester.

“I’m very proud that they understand it’s student first in student-athlete,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Our goal is to be scholar All-Americans ever semester so this is a great start.”

A record-setting 638 teams across all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA earned the mark, which was 91 more than a year ago.

In order to be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher during the fall semester.

Florida State was one of 25 ranked teams that was awarded the honor.

“College swimming and diving has never been more competitive,” CSCAA director Joel Shinofield said. “80 percent of all Division I member teams and nearly 80 percent of all teams in the Top 25 are also Scholar All-Americans.”

Freshman Nika Blank, junior Caroline Gerhardt, junior Alexia Gonzalez and sophomore Natalie Purnell led the team by earning a spot of the President’s List with a 4.0, while freshmen Ayla Boniwell, Molly Carlson along with seniors Caroline Page, Caroline Neil, Katy Stringfield, and Lydia Ware made the Dean’s List.